Archive for August, 2017

Your September 2017 Chip Chatter

Posted in Carver's Corner, Our Recipe Corner, Wood Magick, Woodcarving on August 31, 2017 by ewcc

The Chip Chatter for September 2017
Published by Eastern Woodland Carvers Club Inc.

President – Jeff Moore

Newsletter – Gary Freeman

Website – Bob Freeman

Club Phone

Club e-mail


(or Gary’s Gossip Column)

The C.C.A. Carving Show & Seminar was just great again. Attendance was too good and the weather was decent. We had a ball. Our raffles went well and we made some money. All items were donated.

We are still continuing to work on Comfort Birds. Thanks again to all who have been helping us with getting these birds cut out and carved. Dick Belcher cut out some birds and carved some too.

There is a possibility that Rich Wetherbee may be here in October for a class. $170.00 for wood or clay October 28-28th and 8 – 12 students. Let me or Steve know now. Randy Hurst will be here November 4 – 5th for a class on a Cowboy Santa.

Start making plans for the December Carry-in and Auction. We need donations.

Dues are $10.00 + $1.00 per each family and remember it’s always Due in December.

Your ol’ carvin’ buddy,


Board Meeting                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We We’ll hold our Board meeting on September 5, 2017 to conduct business.  We’ll meet at 5:30. All are welcome at our meetings. Board members we need five for a quorum and officers please come, if you have any ideas for the meeting just e-mail me.            



—October 14-15
Artistry In Wood
Roberts Centre
123 Gano Road
Wilmington, OH

—October 28
Ornament Carve             

—October 31
Trick or Treat
5:00 – 8:00     

—November 4-5
Randy Hurst

—November 11-12
Cincinnati Carvers Guild
Clarion Hotel
3855 Hauck Rd
Cincinnati Ohio

—December 9
Carry-in and Live Auction  

—March 24, 2018
Raintree Show          

—July 21-22
E.W.C.C. July Show


Sunshine Corner                                                                                                                                                                            If you know about a club member who needs a get well card or a sympathy card please let us know.

Mary Manuwal had shoulder surgery.

Rick Estes is having treatment for Prostate Cancer, prayers for both and all in need of prayers.

Condolences to Mildred, whose father passed away August 21


December Auction

We are looking for some nice carving donations for our Auction. Tools you don’t use or paint items you’ve never used. Woodburning tips or handles, burning wood you don’t need. Knives and gouges would come in handy. It’s all TAX DEDUCTABLE.


July Show Winners

Chuck Leming Spoon Award – Steve Fowler

Founders Santa Award – Farley Baker

Linda Haines Animal Award – Beth Bui



Mom’s Goulash
from the Kitchen of  Pam David

1/2 lb. macaroni
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 large onion, diced
garlic salt, pepper, chili powder, & hot sauce to taste
2 (14.5 oz.) cans whole stewed tomatoes, undrained
2 tablespoons ketchup
Tomato juice as needed

Cook the macaroni to al dente according to package directions.

While it’s cooking, brown the ground beef and onion together in an extra-large skillet or in a Dutch oven.

Drain and season with spices to taste.

In a large bowl, mash tomatoes with potato masher and add to beef along with the ketchup.

Drain macaroni and add to the beef mixture, stirring well.

Taste and add additional seasoning as needed.

I didn’t need to add any tomato juice to mine, but if you like yours very juicy you can add as much tomato  juice as you like. Phyllis adds it to her leftovers, which I would also recommend, because the noodles tend  to soak up all the juice with time


Wood Magick

—The History of Norwegian Woodcarving

In Norway, woodcarving is an ornamental art form that has a long history dating back before the Viking era (ca. 800 – 1050 A.D.). The level of quality of the earliest examples of woodcarving from this time indicates that by the Viking era woodcarving already had a strong tradition. Therefore, it seems that the majority of the woodcarving done during the Viking era was crafted by trained artists.

As time passed and tools became more accessible to those untrained in the craft, such as farmers, woodcarving became more prevalent among the everyday lives of the people.

Besides Norway’s iconic stave churches, woodcarving was used to adorn functional items such as butter dishes, bowls and boxes, as well as houses and barns. The motifs of animals and plants, as well as geometric designs often blending and developing as people came into contact with new styles of woodcarving.

Today, woodcarving has become a more refined craft and a rare art form. While the tradition continues, it is no longer common to see woodcarving influencing every aspect of our daily lives. Rather, woodcarving is once again mainly practiced by trained artists, instead of the common man.

—Carved Figures

Woodcarving was not exclusively used in Norway for the ornamentation of buildings and objects. There is also a long standing tradition of figure carving, often figures of animals and humans. The early examples of carved figures in Norway are believed to have been used as charms for protection or good-luck. Carved figures were often seen mounted in houses or standing guard of buildings. Today, figure carving has become a traditional folk art practiced in both Norway and in North America.

—The Wood

Wood was a universal material in early Norwegian construction and crafting. Due to the topography and climate in Norway the different types of wood (pine, spruce and birch) used were often not harvested until they had grown for 75 to 100 years due to slow tree growth. Once harvested, the wood would be used to make almost everything from buildings and vehicles to hinges and tools.

The natural curve, twist and burls in the wood where used to the advantage of the carvers. By following the natural shape of the wood when a curved piece was needed, Norwegians constructed stronger items that would last longer. Many bowls were made from hallowed out burls and followed the natural grain of the wood.

—Types of Tools

The first woodcarving tools in Norway were handmade and simplistic. As time passed, more refined and specialized tools for woodcarving were created. Tools such as gouges, curved and straight knives, as well as axes are known to have been used. However, when Norway was under Denmark’s rule from 1380 to 1814 a royal decree from the Danish king made it illegal for Norwegian farmers to use specialized woodcarving tools. During this time farmers were forced to use mainly knives and axes to continue their woodcarving.

—The Differentnt Styles of Woodcarving

When it comes to the actual carving of the wood there are two main techniques seen in Norway:

• Karveskurd, or chip-carving, is most recognizable by its geometric patterns that have sharp surface edges and finish at a point in the bottom of the groove. This style of woodcarving is most common in the western part of Norway as well as the coastal area to the north and south.

• Flatskurd, or carving in low relief, is often used to create simple vine tendrils with leaves. It is also typical to see Flatskurd used to ornament architectural columns and moldings. This style of woodcarving is most common in parts of southern Norway, especially in Valdres, Hallingdal and Telemark.

While woodcarving techniques vary across Norway, different designs and motifs developed in certain areas:

• In Telemark, the wood sprouted into rococo leaves and flowers to the degree that it resembled rosemaling.
• Gudbrandsdalen favored the Baroque acanthus leaf. Here the renowned døleskurd was developed.
• Trødelag developed the broad-leaved vine so typical of this area.
• In conservative Setesdal, the Romanesque vine was preferred.